Friday Featured : Dance of The Phoenix Series

I love Harry Potter series. It really drives my imaginations gone wild!
These designs are the results.

There are many magical creatures in Harry Potter, among all Fawkes is my favorite. Not to mention unicorns 🙂
When I read the books, I always imagine how Fawkes flies, how he burnt into ashes and rebirth, his loyalty, his bravery, his song, and so on. I kept the ideas in my mind, and didn’t know what to do, until several weeks ago the designs came up.

The very first design of this series named The Path to Heaven.
It was made of 999 fine silver wire, soldered and hammered then oxidized to give it depth. Unfortunately it came up a lot like Keri Luiz from Pheonyx Art logo. When she mentioned it, I was shocked and feel bad because I don’t wanna offend anyone with my design.
However the problem was settled in a very civilized manner. I will have to modify the design if I ever make it again, which is a good thing to do so I can have my own design instead of something similar with someone else’s identity.

Here it is, the first design
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And this is the modified design, in progress

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The Circle Has No Ends is the next design I came up.
It shows a Phoenix in a circle pose, where its head and tail met. It represents the death and rebirth cycle of a Phoenix.

Here it is
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The 3rd design was named Wind Rider. It was made of a single wire, without any soldered joint. I’ve created two version of this design: a copper brooch with handmade pin, and a silver pendant.

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I really hope you like this series 🙂

Until next post,

~ien

PS: to see other art works of mine, please visit my FB Page
Many thanks!!!

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Friday Featured : The unicorn

Last night I supposed to work on some personalized orders, but I really couldn’t get a thing out of my mind: UNICORN!!!
It felt like there was something knocking, and running, and stomping, and neighing inside my head. We’ll it might sound exaggerated, but believe me it did happened.

Long story short, a picture from Tweakster at DeviantArt stole my eyes. So I decided to give it a try with wire. My challenge was to make it out of a single wire.

About an hour and some feet of 16 gauge bare copper wire later, I came up with this..

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Tarraaaaaaaaaaa!!!
What do you think?

It’s just about 5 cm from top to bottom. Well, smaller than my palm.

More details please visit my FB page

See you!!

~ ien

Friday Featured Piece: Prince Aldric Caerulea from Anouran Kingdom

Once upon a time, there was a handsome prince who lived under a curse. A kiss from a girl who really love will set him free.
What’s the problem, we might think.
To kiss a handsome prince is easy. Piece of cake.
But what if the handsome prince is a…
FROG?

Okay, that’s not the original version of The Princess and The Frog tale. But, Hey!! I’m trying to be original here lol.

I bet most of you are familiar with the story. Disney just made their movie based on the story.

For the contest I mentioned in my previous post, I made a frog brooch, inspired by this tale.
I still remember the day I got the idea.
I was looking at my druzy stash -wondering what should I make for the competition- when my eyes found a big green triangle druzy.

It was too big to be a part of lil creatures, and I can’t imagine it being a part of delicate things.
It’s bold, therefore I should find something special for this druzy.
I thought it would be perfect for animal body parts. So I browsed and browsed and browsed about green animal, and frog was one of the result. After some times rotating the druzy, I can see a frog in it.

I remembered a merry prince in Disney’s Princess and The Frog. I thought he really fit the frog in  my imagination. So I started work on him.

The hardest part was when I realized that I made a mistake, AFTER I FINISHED WORK ON HIM. Based on some references I read, frog has 4 toes on each foot. Dang!! My prince has only 3 toes!!!

Well, I have to admit that I was too lazy to re-work on him, and I think he looks so handsome with his 3 toes *creator’s excuses, please ignore this*

So, here he is. Prince Aldric Caerulea from Anouran Kingdom

Prince Aldric Caerulea

Materials: Dyed druzy, permanently colored copper wire, SWAROVSKI components.

Size: approx. 2″ height

Friday Featured Piece: La Guitarra Broodant

There is no woman who sleeps so deeply that the sound of a guitar won’t bring her to the window.

~ Spanish proverbs

Guitar have always been one of my fave musical instrument 
I don’t know why, but I think it’s sexy -apart from its shape.
Remember the old school days, I insisted to learn how to play it. Spent every day trying to remember the chords.

I still remember the song I learned: More Than Words by Extreme.

Okay, long story short: few weeks ago a friend of mine, Vickie asked me to made her a guitar broodant (brooch and pendant).
Her request remind me about my secret passionproject: making guitar with wire.

Vickie kindheartedly sent me some links for some guitar pictures. After some “meditational” process (read: sleeping, eating, playing with my babygirl, and repeating those things all over again), I sat and sketched my design. Vickie approved it, and she (once more) kindheartedly
set my wild imagination free 

And here’s the result:

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I made it from permanently colored copper wire in gold and gun metal color.
Three strands of wire were used to form its body. Inner details were made of middle layer wire. Then I added 30 gauge wire as strings.

Materials:
Permanently colored copper wire & SWAROVSKI crystals

Size:
Approx. 2″ by 1.25″

More Handcrafted jewelries?  Visit my FB page

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thank you!!!

~ien

Friday Featured Piece: D’ardaigh Series

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Howdy, everyone!!
How’s your week? It’s Friday (again) already, and I really wanna show you this week featured piece.

They’re one of my designs, unfortunately lol, which I designed for a special lady.

Just like my previous pieces, here, this jewelry set also designed for Diana, Miss Riau 2012.

This set was inspired by roses: its beauty, its meaning and everything it symbolizes.

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For the necklace I made a woven rose (about 2″ width) as its focal piece. Then I made some decorative circles for the “chain”.
Diamentes were used to give accents and glamourous look.

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I didn’t wanna keep its backside as plain as I used to do, so I made removable extended chain, and added dangling parts using delicate chain and moonstone chips.

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See? I’m pretty proud to see how it turned out. Hope you like it too!!

I adopted those circles for the bangle, and create this:

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I think I was really in love with the circles so I adopted it into the earrings.
Well, I added elongated effect to it, so it looks like this:

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I experimented with Artistic Wire silver colored mesh and created the rose ring. Diamentes were sewn onto its center.

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I hope you enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and have a wonderful weekend!!

xoxo,

ien

PS: To see detailed pics of this set and (of course) more artwork of mine, please visit my FB page!!
Give a like or two if you found something interesting 🙂

Friday Featured Piece: Fisherman’s Treasures Cuff

My featured piece today is one of my latest piece. A cuff with ocean theme.

I named it Fisherman’s Treasures.

Fisherman's Treasure Cuff

This cuff was made for Nicole Rogalski (Nikki) from Bastille Bleu Lampwork.
I fell in love with her Christmas Mouse lampwork, and some of her creations. So we managed a trade. She wanted me to make a cuff with ocean theme.

While I browsing through my mind (it’s a big messy place lol), I remember about my father’s stories.

My father came from a small island in the east of Indonesia, Flores Island. If you googling it, you may find some interesting informations about it 😀

He left his hometown almost 40 years ago. During my childhood, he used to tell me about it. He told me about the beautiful sceneries, blue sea, white sand, beautiful shells, fishes, and so on and so on..

Well, that stories remain in my mind. And those stories inspired me designing this cuff.

Oh, by the way here’s what Nikki sent me for trade:

Aren’t they cute? hehehe

Oh, by the way I used these materials for the cuff:

Permanently colored copper wire, Swarovski crystals, glass pearls, Czech fire polish beads, and Conch shell.

Wrist size approx. 7.5″

xoxo,

ien

My current project(s)

I’m working on some projects at this moment. Some of them are custom orders, others are my Pay It Forward 2012 pieces.

What is Pay It Forward 2012? I got this fun activity from one of my FB friend, Saskia. It’s about giving away 5 handcrafted pieces to 5 persons who left comment on your status. Then, those 5 person have to post it on their status, and give away another 5 handcrafted pieces, etc, etc, etc. Isn’t it fun?

The point is not how difficult the piece, or how great it is. It is love, attention, and prayers that you put into it that matters. I know that every piece I received will be very special, and I really hope that everyone received mine will feel the same.

So far, I’ve finished 2 pieces for PIF 2012. Both of them are wire write name pendant. I’ll post about them later.

For now, I wanna tell you about ARCO pendant.

Arco Pendant is a custom order piece for Dawn. She asked me to design a pendant for her: a hummingbird sipping honey from a tulip.

A cute idea, and it took me quite long before I came to this design.

I still have to add some vines below the tulips, but so far I’m quite happy with it.

Materials used are permanently colored copper wire, glass pearl, Swarovski crystals, Toho 11o seed beads, and shell pearl.

It’s about 3″ height and 1.75″ on its widest part.

The pictures that inspired me

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Here’s a bit about ruby-throated hummingbird:

Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilocus colubris -now you know why I anamed him Arco lol) are known because of their ruby-colored neck.
It is a small hummingbird.
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is 7–9 cm long with an 8–11 cm wingspan, and weighs about 3 g. Adults are metallic green above and greyish white below, with near-black wings. Their bill is long, straight and very slender.

They regularly nests east of the Mississippi River in North America.

Details please see here

Okay, i think I gotta go. My lil daughter wanna play with me, and she seems a lil bit jealous with this phone lol..

See you again on next post!!

xoxo
ien